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Winning streaks aren’t meant to last forever, but when they end, you certainly don’t expect to start on a losing streak. Unfortunately for the Boston Bruins, that’s exactly what’s happened as they dropped their fourth straight game after posting a seven-game winning streak, losing to the New York Islanders 4-2 on Long Island Friday night. For the second straight night, they blew a two-goal lead as stupid penalties gave the game away to the Islanders, a team essentially eliminated from playoff contention long ago.
Despite skating rather lifelessly through the first and start of the second period, the Bruins managed to hold a 2-0 lead on Nathan Horton’s 20th goal of the season and second in two nights and a power play goal from Zdeno Chara, which ended an 0-20 extra man drought. (Even if it was 5-on-3, it still ends the scoreless streak, so let’s be grateful for what they’re getting these days.)
However, an unnecessary interference penalty taken by Brad Marchand put the Islanders on the power play with 1:45 left in the second and Matt Moulson cashed it in with just two seconds left in the period. The Islanders rode that momentum into the third period, as Michael Grabner and Jack Hillen put two pucks past Tim Thomas in the opening six minutes of the final frame to take a 3-2 lead. P.A. Parenteau was awarded an empty-net goal with 10 seconds left in the game after being taken down by Patrice Bergeron with Thomas out of the net, making it 4-2.
With the loss, the Bruins remain in third place in the Eastern Conference with 85 points, four ahead of the Montréal Canadiens. They next play Tuesday night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets, who have lost seven straight.
“Coach’s decision. [Thursday] night, he put us down five-on-three. He knows better than that. We don’t want those kinds of habits to develop in his game, because he’s really been a good player for us this year. He’s playing a little frustrated right now and he’s been taking some really poor penalties. I didn’t feel he was going to help us in the third the way he was playing.” – Head Coach Claude Julien on benching Brad Marchand for the third period